Now, the flip side of signing free agent Cary Williams and trading for top tight end Jimmy Graham on the first day of NFL free agency.
He looked like an Eagle -- albeit a young coach, wearing one of their coaching shirts and a matching, green team cap. And he sounded like one, thanking Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly and owner Jeffrey Lurie for giving him $70 million with $25 million of it guaranteed as the top free-agent cornerback in the NFL this year.
But newly minted Byron Maxwell took time in the first 20 seconds of his introductory remarks in Philadelphia today to also thank Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider "for giving me my chance, my shot to play in the league." They and the team transformed his life from that of a sixth-round draft choice in 2011 playing special teams and backing up Brandon Browner to a $70 million man in a span of 16 months.
Maxwell also thanked his "Legion of Boom" teammates in the Seattle secondary "who were very instrumental in me being here ... we created that environment together." He also said the fact the Eagles want him to play much of the same press, cover-three schemes he did with the Seahawks was another factor in signing with Philadelphia yesterday.
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Maxwell said the Seahawks indeed made a run at trying to keep him with an offer. But as it often does it this -- or any, for that matter -- business, money talked. Some reports pegged Seattle's best offer at about $8 million per season.
"It came close. I mean it was significantly a little better," he said of the Seahawks' offer versus Philadelphia's. "I just had to make the right decision for me."
Asked about covering some of the league's best receivers, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson and Odell Beckham Jr., twice each during the regular season inside the NFC East, Maxwell said: "I like my chances against them.
"It was a tough decision ... but I'm happy with my decision. Let's go."
Malcolm Smith has gone the opposite way while staying on the opposite coast: from most valuable player of Super Bowl 48 two seasons ago to a benched linebacker watching most of Seattle's run to another Super Bowl this past season.
Today, he officially departed Seattle for Oakland after signing a free-agent contract for two years at 1/10th of Maxwell's pay, $7 million. But he was still smiling while back in his native California.
The third formerly prominent Seahawk signing elsewhere in these first two days of free agency is James Carpenter. The left guard, Seattle first-round pick at 25th overall in 2011, agreed with the New York Jets on a four-year deal for a reported $19 million. He's yet to be formally introduced there.